‘Breakdown’ S06, Ep. 2: Voice of a killer?


Atlanta homicide Detective Scott Berhalter had been working the double-murder case for weeks.

Reginald “Reggie” Coicou, 24, and Quincy “Fat” Wytche, 22, were shot to death outside a northwest Atlanta Burger King in April 2016. They had been sitting in a car with two other men, apparently to transact a drug deal, when the man in the back passenger seat suddenly opened fire with a .40-caliber handgun.

Coicou was shot six times at very close range and died where he sat; Wytche was hit a total of three times and died on the way to the hospital.

» Episode 1 and earlier seasons of ‘Breakdown’ 

» Photos: Images from Season 6 of ‘Breakdown’

In this sixth season of our Breakdown podcast, AJC Editor-in-Chief Kevin Riley details Berhalter’s pursuit of the man he believes to be the killer. The latest episode went live early Monday. In it, Riley also reveals how the top editor at a major metropolitan newspaper came to be so closely involved in a murder case.

Berhalter knew the identities of the two dead men. He also knew the name of the car’s driver, who bolted from the vehicle when the shooting started and began running up I-285. Carlton Redding was captured on the Perimeter Highway after a police car ran into him, and Berhalter was able to interview him shortly after Redding was taken into custody. But the detective didn’t have an ID on the fourth man, the shooter. After the shootings, that fourth man had jumped into another car at the Burger King and driven away. (Read the indictment below.)

But cellphone records and video surveillance gave Berhalter the first clues to the suspect’s identity.

Episode 2 includes audio of the detective’s first contact with the suspect – and his mother. The Q&A session took place in the mom’s living room.

AJC legal affairs writer Bill Rankin joins Riley on “Breakdown: A Jury of His Peers.” You can download it today on iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcasting player. Or you can stream it right here, right now.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION: Join the Breakdown Podcast Facebook group for more AJC coverage and behind-the-scenes looks at previous Breakdown seasons.

Read the indictment



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Could blood and urine test be used to diagnose autism?
Could blood and urine test be used to diagnose autism?

A newly developed blood and urine test could potentially detect autism in young children. That’s according to new research from scientists in the United Kingdom and Italy who conducted tests searching for damage to proteins previously known to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders. The study, published this week in the academic...
Indiana man's casket discovered missing from gravesite after wife's death
Indiana man's casket discovered missing from gravesite after wife's death

An Indiana woman is angry after learning her father’s casket is missing from his gravesite, WISH reported. Mary Helen Samson Bovenschen died Feb. 18 at the age of 88. She was to buried next to her husband, Charles Bovenschen, who died Nov. 4, 2006 at age 80. But the couple’s daughter, Sandi Vasel, was stunned when speaking...
Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos
Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos

Have you ever met anyone who liked their driver’s license photo?  Of course not.  Photos on driver’s licenses always seem to show a person at his or her worst, but a bill proposed in the California state legislature would give drivers a choice, KABC reported. The bill would allow drivers to have multiple photos taken...
Teen admits to killing Tennessee couple, setting apartment on fire
Teen admits to killing Tennessee couple, setting apartment on fire

A Tennessee man was arrested in connection with the deaths of a Memphis couple who was found dead in an apartment that caught fire Thursday afternoon. Aareon Berryman, 18, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated arson, possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture or sell, and possession...
Convicted murderer mistakenly released from jail 
Convicted murderer mistakenly released from jail 

The Georgia jail that mistakenly released a convicted murderer said no one will be disciplined for what happened. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office realized a mistake was made after the murder victim's family saw the murderer on the streets. "Sounds like somebody didn't relay the right information or didn't look," one DeKalb County...
More Stories